Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ordinary Days

A little video clip that Isaac made of himself and a cousin that makes me laugh.   Summer days are the best.
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Abbey with my cousin's cute little boy, Johnny, and of course, Janey.
That's called a work out!

Jeff's Father's Day gift: A closet clean out along with some new shirts.  Abbey helped him organize his ties. 
We discovered a tie-hoarding issue, and decided we don't have to buy him a new tie for the next 30 years or so.

I love when these roses start to bloom.  They come and go all summer long.

My sweetest little bed-head baby.

These are the only photos on my camera's memory card...all I've had time to shoot.  My blog isn't on my priority list, in spite of my intentions to keep up with it for memory's sake, so this is the best I can do.  And honestly, I'm not sure I can (or should try to) put a coherent sentence together with my over-booked, tired brain.

These first weeks of summer have been crazy busy, but so fun also.   I can hardly catch my breath.  The logistics of two teens working/practicing and sharing a car, and three kids who need to be different places at the same times, and a baby who is still nursing and needs somewhat of a predictable schedule is enough to leave me quite tired at the end of the day.  Next week Safety Town (Patrick) is over which frees up our afternoons considerably.  I've been to the grocery store twice a week at least.  I think I need to buy an extra fridge?  Don't know if I want to do that, because garage space is precious.

Janey loves the pool and is so darn cute in the water.  Patrick and Andrew are doing wonderfully on swim team and our second meet is tonight.  Isaac and Abbey are working and having fun with friends.  Matt is meeting up with friends around town on his bike, and doing a basketball camp in the morning.

So far I haven't been able to read more than one chapter of a book.  I did manage to get to the bookstore to pick up a book for Matt, and I wrote down about ten books for myself that looked really really good-one day I will buy them all and lay on the couch and read away.

The weather has been splendid-just the right amount of rain (the minimum to keep things green is the right amount:), a beautiful storm here and there at night a couple times, hot days followed by cool days, open windows, no mosquitoes (yet), a little breeze, lots of sunshine, puffy clouds, who could ask for more?

Summer is the best.  Being a mom is the best.  Babies are awesome.  Teenagers teach you to stay optimistic and find the glass half full :), and work on your communication skills, a husband-can't imagine life without the help and sounding board and support, kids have a voracious appetite for life in general and it's contagious.  My days are not easy but I wouldn't trade them for the world.

16 comments :

  1. Janey is such a doll! I bet she gets cuter by the minute!

    Happy summer!

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  2. Looks like a busy, but fun summer ahead!

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  3. Lovely! And I support your need for a second fridge - we moved our dated one in the garage a year or so ago and I have no idea what I did without it. I buy groceries like I am packing for Noah's Ark (two at a time) ... one for inside and one for the garage. It's the GREATEST (and a huge timesaver)! Happy Summer!

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  4. Janey is getting so big. Glad to hear that your summer is off to a good start. Enjoy!

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  5. Always love your "ordinary day" posts. Thanks as always for sharing.

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  6. "Summer is the best. Being a mom is the best. Babies are awesome." You pretty much summed it up right there :)

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  7. I have been in a state of crazy busy all month too. We've had two boys in soccer and now one in soccer camp, and gearing up for swimming lessons. It's been busy, but like you said a whole lot of fun. I really enjoy your blog, and how real you are. Have a lovely summer!

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  8. You are so right! T is almost three-years-old, Z&G are twins (6.5 months) -- I have NEVER worked so hard in all my life, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. SO grateful for their health and their Daddy - my true love husband. And on those challenging days? I keep breathing, have something sweet stashed in the house, and keep trying. Perspective!

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  9. What a great post. I was feeling like I have been running all day but didn't get some things I wanted to get done done...but this post put me in a better mood.

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  10. E loved the video..."play it again mom!" haha... Love the pic of Janey and Johnny- so precious! :)

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  11. Love all the pictures...hope you guys have a wonderful summer!

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  12. How did all those ties survive your years of 40 bags?? :) Happy summer!

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  13. Someday when you're the grandma and Abby finds out she's having twins and she can barely even say the word "twins" because it's so overwhelming to think about, you can pull out this photo and say "SEE! You can do it, Abby!" And you can tell her that her biceps and back will become super-toned without even going to the gym, too.

    Your "ordinary days" post are my absolute favorite.

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  14. Definitely think you should put that photo of Janey in the crib as the new "mothering" photo on the right side of your page. It's the cutest!

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  15. Oooh I remember those days - you want the kids to have activities but ooooh it does get difficult when they are doing things in the same place at the same time!Janey is so gorgeous.

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